Wall bars

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Project by Viktor posted 03-18-2012 12:01 PM 56580 views 20 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wall bars or gymnastics ladder, also known as stall bars in USA and Swedish wall in several countries was invented at the beginning of the 19th century by a Swedish physical therapist and teacher Dr. Pehr Henrik Ling. Great variety of exercises on it exists, which could be further expended using various attachments.

The wall bars shown are made of ash and finished with water based polyurethane. Overall dimensions are 240cm tall and 65 cm wide. The bars have standard oval 3×4 cm cross section and spaced 18 cm apart. Spacing between top 2-nd and 3-rd bars is larger (36 cm) to relieve stress on the wrists when hanging with the back to the wall. There are extra mortises in the vertical rails (plugged and not seen on the picture) such that another bar could be added in between. Aluminum brackets that attach the vertical rails to the wall have elongated slots, which allow the entire weight to rest on the floor (not hang on the wall). The feet are adjustable.

The attachment is used for pull-up, push-up or leg lift exercises. Metal hooks rotate such that it can be reversed in either position.

Thank you for looking.

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#1 posted 03-18-2012 12:40 PM

What a beautiful job of joinery. While I’m not into that much exercise lol, you certainly did an outstanding job on this project. I can see you took a lot of care to orient the grain for the strongest connections. Thanks so much for the detailed pics and for sharing.


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#2 posted 03-18-2012 02:02 PM

Very nice job Viktor.
That will provide a lot of useful exercise, and the way you fit it in to that area, it will not take up a lot of space.
I hope you do a blog post a year from now to let us know how it has held up.

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#3 posted 03-18-2012 02:22 PM

Well done, great job!!

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#4 posted 03-18-2012 03:50 PM

Functional, usable, not an everyday project,.......that’s you! ;)

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#5 posted 03-18-2012 03:57 PM

Good looking set of bars

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#6 posted 03-18-2012 04:30 PM

Very nice and what a cool post! Well done and should get alot of great use!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 03-18-2012 10:11 PM

Sweet looking bars!

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#8 posted 03-19-2012 12:26 AM

I like it

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#9 posted 03-19-2012 02:44 AM

That looks good, very clean lines &good joints, nice job.

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#10 posted 03-19-2012 04:25 AM

I love it, now lets see a blog about how it can be used and i might make one so my guy doesn’t get bigger….

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#11 posted 03-20-2012 12:02 PM

Great project. (Just reminded me I need to log out and go to the gym.)

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#12 posted 04-02-2012 10:14 PM

I received requests about the construction of the wall bars, so I decided to post some additional details.

Total height 240 cm, width 65 cm. Standard wall bars are about 90 cm wide, but I made my narrower to fit into the given space. Below is a section of vertical rail. It is 11×3.4 cm in cross section. The picture is mostly self explanatory. Mortises for the bars are 2 cm deep. I did not glue them in, instead they are held by screws from outside (every 3-d bar). Adjustable feet screwed into T-nuts at the bottom. Aluminum brackets attached to the mounting board on the wall and vertical rails using bolts and T-nuts (on the rails covered by plugs from outside). This is done for easy disassembly. The brackets have elongated hole where they are attached to the vertical rails. It allows some movement for leveling and makes the entire weight to rests on the floor. Each mounting board (painted white) attached to the wall studs with three 15cm screws.

Next is a bracket element of pull-up attachment (the second half is matching). There is no reason to make it so complicated, and it could be a simple half-lap joint with square overlap. My configuration has minor strength advantages in lateral and downward bending (assuming shear stress across glue joint is not a limiting factor). However, I did not make it this way on purpose. I was changing overall design and re-gluing already made parts and it came out this way. I made a grove for mounting hook on a router table before gluing two parts. I don’t have drill press, and there was no way I could do 10 cm deep hole at 45 deg. accurately with hand drill. After glue up I simply widened the hole with hand drill. There is a 2 cm round mortise in the corner which houses washer and 2 nuts (counter-tightened). The hook is a 9 mm bolt bent 270 deg. at a radius to accommodate horizontal bar (R = 15 mm) plus some cushioning (tygon tubing). Bending was done over a piece of pipe of appropriate diameter.
Bars on the attachment are round (D= 30mm). Mortises have a flange to prevent rotation. This was also an afterthought. Same can be achieved by offsetting holding screw off-center. I don’t recommend making mortises too deep, as they cut through you “beam”. When secured with long screw the depth of 15-20 mm will suffice. Spacing between two pull-up bars is about 25 cm (such that your head can’t get stuck in between).

Thanks for looking. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.

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#13 posted 04-09-2012 04:26 PM

CORRECTION: The hooks are bent at 315 deg. (not 270)

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#14 posted 08-16-2012 09:20 PM

Viktor, Hi!
I love this- can i contact you via emial?

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#15 posted 02-22-2014 09:35 PM

Hi Victor,
I really like this project I have been looking to add wall bars/stall bars to my Pilates Studio and was wondering if you could make me one. Do you make these for sale or it’s just your hobby. I’m Pilates Instructor in U.S but I grow up in Europe where we used stall bars at our gymnasiums it’s very rare to find them in U.S. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.


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